The opening seconds of the Dublin Senior Football final really set the tone for what has so far been a very physical game.
The Brian Mullins led Vincent’s are looking to claim their second county title in a row and their fourth in five years under the floodlights at Parnell Park tonight, while Paddy Carr’s Ballymun are hoping to secure their first since 2012 and only their third since 1985.
Before the game, Carr told Eir Sports’ Anna Geary of the great respect that exists between the two clubs, but it wasn’t immediately evident on the field as the hits began flying in right from the first whistle. After a meagre 17 seconds, James McCarthy of Kickhams went through Nathan Mullins like a man possessed, leaving him laying in a seemingly broken heap on the turf.
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Mullins came off the pitch but surprisingly returned to the fray just a few minutes later.
The hits have continued to come thick and fast ever since, but the scoring hasn’t been quite so frequent. There were just two scores in the opening 12 minutes, with each side registering a point. However, a goal from Diarmuid Connolly in the 13th minute gave Vincent’s a three-point lead.
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Vincent’s went in at half time with that lead still in tact, with the scores at 1-4 to 0-4.